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Changemaker Speaker Series - Changing the world, one story at a time.
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Storytelling. Unleashed.

Changemaker Speaker Series is a touring program of celebrated explorers, award-winning journalists, photographers, filmmakers, astronauts, innovators, and artists who are actively engaged in creating a better tomorrow. One by one, these acclaimed thought leaders are striving to solve big problems, inspire environmental stewardship, document the world around us, and bridge the distances between us. In short, they are changing the world, one story at a time.

2024-25 Season

Open Window Credit Michael Yamashita
Michael Yamashita Outside Portrait
Tue January 21, 2025
@ 7:30 pm

Michael Yamashita – Photographer

Join National Geographic master photographer Michael Yamashita as he follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the greatest Western explorer of all time, reliving his 13th Century odyssey along the Silk Road to Asia, and back across the South China Sea, connecting the East and West for the first time.

Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO
Tue January 21, 2025
@ 6:30 pm

Mireya Mayor – Primatologist

Life as a mom of six and work as a world-renowned primatologist is no monkey business.

Venue
Des Moines Performing Arts
Location
Des Moines, IA
Wed January 29, 2025
@ 7:30 pm

Kevin Fedarko – Adventure Writer

Two friends, zero preparation, one dream: a 750-mile odyssey, on foot, through the heart of America’s most magnificent national park and the grandest wilderness on earth.

Venue
Wachholz College Center
Location
Kalispell, MT
Thu January 30, 2025
@ 7:30 pm

Albert Lin – Explorer

Scientist/Engineer Albert Lin has dedicated his life to uncovering the lost relics of our past—from the Mongolian plains to the Maya jungle—combining cutting-edge technology with vivid storytelling to piece together the forgotten fragments of our humanity.

Venue
Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
Location
La Jolla, CA
Tue February 11, 2025
@ 7:30 pm

Peter Hillary – Adventurer

Peter Hillary carries on the legacy of adventure and purpose, as crafted by his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, part of the first climbing team to summit the world’s tallest peak.

Venue
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Location
Appleton, WI
Tue February 18, 2025
@ 7:30 pm

Dereck and Beverly Joubert – Filmmakers

Award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-at-Large and wildlife conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been filming, researching and exploring wild Africa for more than 40 years to help safeguard large predators and other key wildlife species.

Venue
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Location
Kansas City, MO